Anthony Bailey Consulting coordinates the Governor General of Antigua & Barbuda’s Visit to Vatican
Rome, November 2015. Anthony Bailey Consulting supported the Official Visit of the Governor General of Antigua & Barbuda, HE Sir Rodney Williams, along with his delegation, to Rome and the Vatican City State. The Chairman of Anthony Bailey Consulting, Anthony Bailey was part of the delegation in his capacity of Special Economic Envoy of Antigua and Barbuda in Europe.
The delegation was received in Audience by His Holiness Pope Francis at the Apostolic Palace, Vatican City, on 23 November 2015.
Sir Rodney was subsequently received by the Secretary of State of the Holy See HE Cardinal Pietro Parolin and HE Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States.
The delegation included HE Lady Williams, HE Mr David Shoul, Ambassador of Antigua & Barbuda to the Holy See and Mrs David Shoul, HE Anthony Bailey, Special Envoy of Antigua and Barbuda, HE Ambassador Joseph John, Ambassador-at-Large for Antigua and Barbuda and Mrs Joseph John and the Honorary Consul of Italy to Antigua and Barbuda Mr Carlo Falcone.
To mark His Excellency’s Official Visit to Vatican City, Anthony Bailey Consulting hosted a Dinner in Rome in honour of Sir Rodney and Lady Williams. The Dinner took place on Monday 23 November 2015 at Il Circolo della Caccia in Rome in the presence of members of the Antiguan delegation, and was attended by HE Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, The Rev Mgr José Avelino Bettencourt, Chief of Protocol of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, and a number of Commonwealth Ambassadors accredited to the Holy See including HE Mr David Shoul, Ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda, HE Mr John McCarthy Ambassador of Australia, HE Mr Dennis A Savoie, Ambassador of Canada and HE Mr Nigel Baker, Ambassador of the United Kingdom.
In his welcome speech Anthony Bailey said: “Your Excellency’s visit to the Holy Father today is a very timely one. The pastoral message of Pope Francis continues to resonate across the Caribbean in a way that no pontificate has done so before. The Governor General’s visit also comes at a time when the Pope’s attention and focus on the needs of the peoples of smaller states, which can often be overlooked, is clear for all to see”.
To read the speech of Anthony Bailey, please click here.